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Nicomedes Santa Cruz: Que viva mi mama

Continuing our focus on Afro-Peruvian culture, for my third blog, we turn to the work of folklorist, poet, and musician Nicomedes Santa Cruz (1925-1992). In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in the life of this amazing and multi-faceted advocate who did so much to advance recognition of black Peruvians. In this “festejo,” a classical black-Peruvian song meant to accompany lively footwork, we hear one of Nico’s most well-known works:

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